Google has released its second teaser video for Google Glass, the company's futuristic augmented reality specs that may be slated for release later this year. While the first video tracked a New Yorker's mundane errands through the city, the new clip is a dizzying, high-octane view of Glass's functionality -- as seen by skydivers, equestrians, catwalking fashion-mavens and ballerinas.

In tandem with the video's release, Google announced it's seeking to expand its initial Glass test group beyond tech-world early adopters to include "bold, creative individuals" (a phrase that could have been lifted directly from a list of SoHo House's membership criteria...)

The clip is intended to show "how it feels" to wear Google Glass, which appears in the wearer's field of view as a small suspended screen that can show images, messages, translations, mapping information and video chats with people who aren't present. Google demonstrates how users can use the glasses to share what they're doing by snapping photos, recording video or broadcasting a live video feed of what's in front of their face. People can also speak messages that the device can send.

But Glass also seems poised to make good on Google CEO and co-founder Larry Page's vision of a Google that makes users smarter. "Imagine your brain being augmented by Google," Page said in a 2004 interview. We no longer have to imagine it: Google has a video showing what that looks like in action.

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Though it remains to be seen how useful Glass will be for everyday use, Google demonstrates how Glass can instantly summon -- and supplement -- what you don't know. One character in the video uses Glass to translate a phrase into Thai. Another uses Glass to look up facts about a jellyfish, and another uses Glass to get directions while biking.

There's one thing Google doesn't showcase, however: what people look like wearing Google Glass. In both the video and the picture-heavy page highlighting Glass's capabilities, people wearing the device are conspicuously absent (aside from two very brief, very blurry and very not close-up glimpses of a skydiver and trapeze artist wearing the spectacles). The device may be practical, intuitive and even beautiful as an object, but getting people to actually wear Glass on their faces, day-to-day, requires shifting some fashion norms.

The glasses themselves might not be elegant just yet, but Glass' logo is. The lettering looks more Philippe Starck than Silicon Valley and seems to underscore the growing sense that Apple is losing its monopoly on slick design.

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  • Google Co-Founder Sergey Brin

    On April 7, Google co-founder Sergey Brin was the first Googler to be spotted in the wild wearing Google Glasses. He wore the futuristic specs to a charity event in San Francisco. Somewhat ironically, the charity at the event was a foundation fighting against blindness, and the event centered around a dinner eaten in total darkness.<br> <br> <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/thomashawk/7050489913/in/photostream/lightbox/" target="_hplink">Via Flickr of Photographer Thomas Hawk</a>.

  • Google Co-Founder Sergey Brin

    Here's Brin with technology journalist Robert Scoble at the same event. You can <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/06/sergey-brin-google-glasses_n_1408488.html" target="_hplink">read more about Brin's outing here</a>. <br> <br> <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/thomashawk/7050487947/in/photostream" target="_hplink">Via Flickr of photographer Thomas Hawk</a>.

  • A Prototype Of How Google Glasses Might Work With Prescription Glasses

    On April 12, about a week after Brin's public appearance, Google designer Isabelle Olsson allayed the fears of many a prescription glasses-wearing folk <a href="https://plus.google.com/u/1/110625673290805573805/posts/Nmc8LuwFw5M" target="_hplink">with this photo on her Google+ page</a>. The photo depicts "an early mock-up to show how the device might work with prescription glasses," confirming that those who already wear glasses won't miss out on the fun when Google's augmented reality glasses do emerge.

  • Sebastian Thrun On Charlie Rose

    Most of what we know about Google's Glasses experiment has come from engineer Sebastian Thrun, a Project Glass lead engineer and the head engineer in the secretive Google[x] laboratory. On April 25, Thrun talked to the venerable Charlie Rose about the state of Google Glasses, as well as his Google's self-driving car and his disruptive online education startup <a href="http://Udacity.com" target="_hplink">Udacity</a>. <br> <br> The interview contains multitudes of information about possible futures for technology, but if you just want the dirt on Google Glasses, the first three-and-a-half minutes of this video are for you.

  • Sebastian Thrun Takes A Photo of Charlie Rosen While On The Charlie Rose Show

    During the Charlie Rose interview, Thrun snapped this picture of Rose and posted it to his Google+ page -- all while talking, and without lifting a finger. It was the first indication we had that Google's glasses, in their early stages, actually worked.

  • Sebastian Thrun Takes A Photo Of His Son Using His Glasses

    Thrun <a href="https://plus.google.com/u/1/101416274833608453021/posts" target="_hplink">posted this photo</a>, snapped hands-free (obviously) with Google Glasses, to his Google+ page on May 8th.

  • Google+ Head Vic Gundotra

    The same day Thrun posted his whirl-around photo of his son, a couple of Google guys made this photo public: The man in the picture is Vic Gundotra, VP of Social at Google, and the photo was taken by Bradley Horowitz, VP of Product at Google, and <a href="https://plus.google.com/u/1/113116318008017777871/posts/MNBUpT7z3hn" target="_hplink">posted to his Google+ account</a>.

  • Google CEO Larry Page

    Finally, on Tuesday, May 22, <a href="https://plus.google.com/u/1/110804953626559077511/posts" target="_hplink">Google employee Jason Mayes</a> uploaded a few photos of CEO Larry Page to his Google+ profile. Page was speaking at the Google Zeitgeist event in England. Mayes has since taken the photos down, but not before our <a href="http://techcrunch.com/2012/05/22/larry-page-google-glasse/?grcc=33333Z98ZtrendingZ0" target="_hplink">buddies at TechCrunch saved the photos themselves</a>. <br> <br> <a href="http://techcrunch.com/2012/05/22/larry-page-google-glasse/?grcc=33333Z98ZtrendingZ0" target="_hplink">Via TechCrunch</a>.

  • Google CEO Larry Page

    Another image of Page from Jason Mayes. <br> <a href="http://techcrunch.com/2012/05/22/larry-page-google-glasse/?grcc=33333Z98ZtrendingZ0" target="_hplink">Via TechCrunch</a>.

  • Google CEO Larry Page

    One last look at Larry Page in his company's AR glasses prototype. <br> <a href="http://techcrunch.com/2012/05/22/larry-page-google-glasse/?grcc=33333Z98ZtrendingZ0" target="_hplink">Via TechCrunch</a>.

  • The Original Google Glasses "Project Glass" Video

    Here's the Google concept video that started it all. Google has said that the video was meant to create excitement about the device and to solicit ideas from commenters about what they would like a pair of augmented reality glasses to do. <br> <br> What you see in the video will not necessarily ship with the final product, in other words. Vic Gundotra <a href="http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57434191-94/no-terminator-style-overlays-in-first-batch-of-google-glasses/" target="_hplink">recently reiterated that point in an interview with CNET</a>. <br> <br> Along with that first video, Google also posted a bunch of prototype designs for its Glasses. These aren't the real deal, but we've included them hereafter for your perusal.

  • Google Glasses Prototype Images

    <a href="https://plus.google.com/111626127367496192147/posts" target="_hplink">Via Project Glass</a>.

  • Google Glasses Prototype Images

    <a href="https://plus.google.com/111626127367496192147/posts" target="_hplink">Via Project Glass</a>.

  • Google Glasses Prototype Images

    <a href="https://plus.google.com/111626127367496192147/posts" target="_hplink">Via Project Glass</a>.

  • Google Glasses Prototype Images

    <a href="https://plus.google.com/111626127367496192147/posts" target="_hplink">Via Project Glass</a>.

  • Google Glasses Prototype Images

    <a href="https://plus.google.com/111626127367496192147/posts" target="_hplink">Via Project Glass</a>.